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knock off (3) Informal

Meaning: to murder somebody

Synonym: kill, bump off (informal), do away with (informal), do in (informal)

For example:

  • knock sb off Did you hear about the insurance salesman who took out policies on his customers and then knocked them off in order to collect the payouts?

  • knock off sb Tony reckons a mafia hitman will knock off anyone who talks to the police.

  • be/get knocked off by sb The police said the girl was probably knocked off by the guy she was with when she left the bar.

Quick Quiz:

After Bob had knocked off his wife, he
  1. buried her in the garden
  2. helped her to stand up
  3. took her to see a movie

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